From Pinterest to Real Life: Succulent Wreath

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by Nicole

Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

By now, you all know how much I love succulents. So when I saw this wreath idea on Pinterest, I fell in love and knew I had to make it. I was determined to not only be inspired, but to also actually make it happen.

My wreath wasn”t very hard to make at all, it just took a little planning. Gigi (four years old) was able to help me out, too, which was great!

The original idea came from Prudent Baby. And hers came out beautifully as you”ll see from the photo below. I love the colors she was able to find! Jamie”s tutorial is easy to follow (and I loved her supply list complete with Amazon links- easy peasy!).

Getting Started

The first thing Gigi and I did was go around the yard collecting succulent cuttings. I used the garden shears mostly, but let her help a little bit with supervision. My yard, while full of succulent surprises, didn”t offer quite the color variety as Jamie”s, but I”m still very pleased with it (and Gigi loves it, too).

Then, as you may have seen on Twitter or Instagram (I”m nicoleakagidget there), we laid out our cuttings to dry out for the weekend. The drying-out time makes this a project that can”t be done in one day; working in small chunks of time on different days worked great with a four-year old though.

While Gigi had her afternoon “quiet play time” in her room, I soaked the moss for a bit and then put it on the frame. The tutorial called for fishing line, but I forgot to grab some from my dad, so I just used some cotton thread I had– I think I like how the thread worked better anyway!

The Fun Part

Gigi loved helping place the cuttings.

We used a twig to poke holes in the moss where necessary, and dipped each cutting in water, then rooting hormone before placing it. The heavier clippings I pinned in with bobby pins.

I love how it turned out (doesn”t it look beachy?), and that Gigi and I were able to make it together.

(Updated with the following photo!)

Our succulent wreath is hanging on the wall on our front porch, where I”ll be able to spritz it with water every now and then, and where it can happily welcome our visitors.

Have you made or done anything you found on Pinterest yet? I”m thinking of making “Pinterest-to-Real-Life” a somewhat regular feature around here.

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  1. That wreath is adorable (in both versions)!

    Pinterest has given me the push I needed to take up a little sewing again, and I have one board all ready to go to take to my stylist today when I get my haircut. (Not exactly a “project” but a useful way to use Pinterest in real life.)

    I would love to read a regular Pinterest-to-real-life feature!

  2. Wow! That’s gorgeous. I love it.

  3. That is so beautiful!!! That’s one that’s on my short list from Pinterest, too! Yours turned out so well!

  4. I didn’t think it would be so easy to make. I really love this!

  5. I saw this wreath on Pinterest and fell in love with it. On a recent trip to California, I caught the succulent bug. Yours turned out so well. I really am going to have to try it now. I’m from the East Coast and I do worry we have too much humidity for successful succulents. Again, great job on your wreath!

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    thecoolmom says:

    I love the wreath and doubly love the idea of making this a regular feature. Hopefully, it will inspire me (and others) to stop just collecting cool project ideas and actually do some of them. Maybe you should include a link-up so people can share their projects they complete.

  7. I love it! I think you’ve inspired me to try one for myself…I thought it looked like something way to difficult for me (not the most crafty/artsy/creative person) but maybe I could pull it off?!? And I love the idea of Pinterest to Real Life…I’ve done a few things that I’ve pinned and it always makes me feel like the hours I spend on Pinterest are worth it somehow. :)

  8. I love propagating and with all my left over succulent cuttings and your awesome idea of a succulent wreath makes a great project for the wife being that she’s so crafty.

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